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Tarek Yamani

Born and raised in Beirut, Tarek is an American-Lebanese New York based self-taught jazz pianist who has been dedicated to exploring relationships between African-American Jazz and Arabic rhythms/maqams which are most evident in his second album "Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic", and in his newly released “Peninsular” which fuses jazz with the rhythms of the Arabian Peninsula. Winner of the prestigious Thelonious Monk Jazz Composers Competition, Tarek has been fortunate to share the stage with luminaries such as Wayne Shorter, Richard Bona, Zakir Hussein, Esperanza Spalding, and Antonio Sanchez during the inaugural and the sixth editions of the International Jazz Day, at the UN Assembly Hall in New York and the Teatro de la Habana, Cuba, respectively.

Album

King Matar

Label: Self Produced
Released: 2021
Track listing: King Matar.

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News: Recording

Lebanese Pianist Tarek Yamani Drops Electro-Arabic-Jazz Mash-Up Single In Tribute To Buzuq Maestro Matar Muhammad

Lebanese Pianist Tarek Yamani Drops Electro-Arabic-Jazz Mash-Up Single In Tribute To Buzuq Maestro Matar Muhammad

Tarek Yamani—a pianist who appears to have made it his life's work to figure out just how far Arabic musical traditions can be thrust into the American jazz idiom—has unleashed perhaps his most audacious project yet. Typically an acoustic player most often fronting a trio, Yamani makes a brave about face with “King Matar," a quarter-tonal ...

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Article: Year in Review

2019: The Year in Jazz

Read "2019: The Year in Jazz" reviewed by Ken Franckling


The year 2019 was robust in many ways. International Jazz Day brought its biggest stage to Australia. An important but long-shuttered jazz mecca was revived in a coast-to-coast move. ECM Records celebrated a golden year. The music and its makers figured prominently on the big screen. The National Endowment for the Arts welcomed four new NEA ...

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Article: Rethinking Jazz Cultures

Lebanon: Jazz And The Revolution

Read "Lebanon: Jazz And The Revolution" reviewed by Ian Patterson


When people's anger and frustration spill onto Beirut's streets, music is one of the first things to suffer. Every few years, it seems, roads are blocked, and crowds swell the downtown area--angry at Syrian intervention or political assassination, enraged by Israeli attack, sick to the teeth of inadequate garbage collection. There's always something to ...

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Article: SoCal Jazz

John Beasley: Master of All Trades

Read "John Beasley: Master of All Trades" reviewed by Jim Worsley


In today's busy world, sometimes you just can't do it all. Apparently, John Beasley never received that memo. The pianist, composer, arranger, producer, music director, and film and TV composer is in high demand, and has an enormity of projects that would seem to belie the twenty-four hour day reality. It is perhaps the variance in ...

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Article: Take Five With...

Take Five with Tarek Yamani

Read "Take Five with Tarek Yamani" reviewed by Tarek Yamani


About Tarek Yamani Born and raised in Beirut, Tarek is an American-Lebanese New York based self-taught jazz pianist who has been dedicated to exploring relationships between African-American Jazz and Arabic rhythms/maqams which are most evident in his second album Lisan Al Tarab: Jazz Conceptions in Classical Arabic, and in his newly released Peninsular which ...

Album

Peninsular

Label: Edict Records
Released: 2017
Track listing: Indisar; Hala Land; Samrias; Qumairah; Al Qorbi Nasnas; Gate of Tears; Peninsular; Rastprints; Ayyala Cubana.

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Article: Album Review

Tarek Yamani: Peninsular

Read "Peninsular" reviewed by Hrayr Attarian


On his third release Peninsular, pianist and composer Tarek Yamani continues to explore the amalgamation of Arabic music and American jazz. His work is more than a simple juxtaposition of disparate styles as it is built upon shared elements in both genres. On the current album, commissioned for the Abou Dhabi festival, Yamani's focus is folk ...

Album

Lisan Al Tarab

Label: Edict Records
Released: 2014
Track listing: Hibbi Zurni; Ah Ya Zein; Lamma Bada Yatathanna; Fi Hulal Al Afrah; Zarani Al Mahboub; Lahn Al Shayalin; New Dabke; Beirut Zahra Fi Gheir Awanha; Chemali Wali.


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